Council Weighs City Hall Options

By BOB PALMER
Jimplecute News Editor

JEFFERSON – Aldermen discussed options for property on Alley and Main streets Tuesday, but took no action. Land and buildings across Broadway from Brookshire’s were purchased to provide a home for a new City Hall and fire station.

One building houses Genesis Prime Care and the other is a house. “We would love to purchase that building,” Genesis CEO Carla Roadcap told the council, cautioning that several repairs were needed.

Mayor Charles “Bubba” Haggard seemed to support the idea. “We could sell the building and use the money to build a fire station,” Haggard said. The property had been purchased with the hope of a state grant for the construction project that failed to materialize. Calling the present City Hall “eaten up with termites,” Councilwoman Kay McKinnon did not want to sell.

“I think the building should be kept for the purpose it was bought – to move city hall,” McKinnon said. While the council wanted more study before acting on the Genesis Prime Care building, they agreed to seek bids for the removal or demolition of the house on the property.

The council learned the ongoing water and sewer project may not be completed this year, if rains return this summer. They were also advised that Jefferson has $2.9 million in grants in place and another half-million dollars for a sidewalk on MLK to Jefferson High School was possible.

The council named Bob Avery, Robin Moore and Ted Dixon to the Jefferson Economic Development Corporation board. Named to the Tourism Committee were Robin Howard, Pam Thomas and Paul Morehead. The JEDCO agreement to bring Pore Technologies and 15 jobs to Jefferson was approved.

A set-back ordinance variance was granted, two yards were ordered to be cleared, employee health and retirement plans updated and caution signs on Austin and Lafayette near East Texas Forest Products approved.

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